Passage to Marseille (1944)

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A ship bound for Marseilles from South America in 1940 picks up five exhausted men on a raft. They turn out to be five escaped convicts from Devil's Island, who have escaped in order to get back to France to fight the Germans. Amongst them is Jean Matrac, a famous left-wing journalist who was set-up on a charge of murder and riot. The Captain of the ship and Captain Freycinet are sympathetic towards the men, especially when they get news of the fall of France and establishment of Vichy. However, a travelling officer who is a martinet and his sycophantic companion, with the aid of the radio operator and ship's engine room men try to take over the ship when they discover the Captain has altered course for England. They are overcome by the convicts and the rest of the ship's crew, and after a fierce battle with enemy aircraft the ship arrives successfully in England where the convicts and Captain Freycinet volunteer for the Free French air force.

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